People seem to make some strange mistakes when watching films like this one. They expect to leave the cinema e.t.c feeling great, with a sense of closure and fulfilment, and this therefore makes a good film. Why should this be?
This is not a nice film. You will leave this feeling tired and weary and thinking "why couldn't it have been different...?" You have to look pretty hard to find someone being nice. You have a tragic kidnapper who cannot hear or speak, and a father who will do anything for his child, I ended up feeling sorry for everyone! This is a grim portrayal of life, and you will not come to the end of this film with an affirmation of all life's goodness. With this said, IT IS A GREAT FILM! Everything is done well, the acting and directing is not quite on par with Oldboy but I believe it is a fitting part of Park Chan-Wook's revenge trilogy. Beware, though, this is not 'lovey dovey' cinema. It's a show of how unkind life can be.